Rhythm of Africa

France, 1948

Film
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Cocteau uses much of the material of his earlier film “L’Amitie Noir”; it records the culture of the Chad people of French Equatorial Africa, showing the arts, the handicrafts, and some of their traditional ceremonial dances which have never before been recorded on film. Rarely heard songs and music, authentically recorded on the spot are another interesting feature of the film.

Credits

director

Jean Cocteau

production company

A.F. Films

Language

English

Duration

00:15:58:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

27911

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Africa - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Language and culture

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Rites and ceremonies

Crafts & Visual Arts → Arts and crafts movement

Crafts & Visual Arts → Handicraft

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - France

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Ethnology

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Language and culture

Music & Performing Arts → Music - Africa

Music & Performing Arts → Music and dance

Short films

Short films → Short films - France

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

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